Age UK: Retirement law is 'milestone'

We hope that now it is illegal to force someone out of their job simply because they are 65 or over, it will make employers look beyond their staff's date of birth, objectively assess their skills and contributions and trigger a more positive and realistic attitude to older people.

– Michelle Mitchell, charity director general of Age UK

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Default retirement age abolished

The default retirement age in the UK has been fully abolished after being phased out from April this year. Workers can no longer be forced to retire at the age of 65 or over after today.